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Dalton Rapattoni: eyes like Green Day, voice like an angel
This week, American Idol gave the second dozen of the Top 24 their turn to show the judges what they're made of. The winner this week was Dalton Rapattoni, who crushed it in both episodes. He made it through to the final 14, along with Lee Jean, Olivia Rox, Jenn Blosil, Manny Torres, Tristan McIntosh and my dude Trent Harmon.
They'll join last week's group -- La'Porsha Renae, Sonika Vaid, Avalon Young, Gianna Isabella, Thomas Stringfellow, MacKenzie Bourg and Jeneve Rose Mitchell -- in next week's fan-voted round.
Mall goth heartthrob Dalton Rapattoni is possibly this season's most creative musician (it's a toss-up between him and Jeneve), and his solo night reinterpretation of Billy Idol's "Rebel Yell" as a ballad had J.Lo bouncing and screaming with feelings.
Then his high-energy duet with future Judas Chris Daughtry on Stevie Wonder's "Higher Ground" was one of the best of Thursday night.
Trent Harmon & Jordin Sparks
Trent Harmon has been the most consistent performer this season. All of his performances have been among the best in every episode in which he's appeared. His duet on the Bee Gees' "To Love Somebody" with the great Jordin Sparks was buttery. Plus he finally lost his hats and scarves (I'm not into his bolo tie, though).
Jenn Blosil & Constantine Maroulis
"Jenn is the kind of person that makes you smile with your heart," says Constantine Maroulis. Chill out, Constantine. But he's not wrong - "My Funny Valentine" is a great song choice for her peculiar voice. Her low-key stage presence got easily upstaged by Constantine's flashiness, and I'd love to see Jenn get more theatrical next time out. It was also fun to see Harry Connick Jr. and Keith Urban disagree on its merits.
Amelia Eisenhauer, Kory Wheeler, CJ Johnson, Adam Lasher and Shelbie Z. were cut. Live rounds begin next Thursday. Woo!
Watch TVGuide.com's video on American Idol's final season with Keith Urban and Harry Connick Jr.